Legato Exercises For Guitar

This video lesson demonstrates a useful exercise for developing a strong legato technique between each pair of fingers in the fret hand. It will also develop a good amount of flexibility.

Take your time with the more difficult stretches. Just let your hands gradually build up to them. As with anything physical in nature, if you feel pain STOP. Give it at least a few minutes before continuing.

This kind of guitar study is gradual, so be sure to treat it that way.

I have included a TAB PDF download of the exercises, but make sure to watch the video to learn how to move the exercises up the fretboard. Pay close attention to the fret hand positioning, as that can make or break your ability to develop good legato technique.

Legato Exercises Lesson TAB PDF

Don't hurt yourself!! πŸ˜€

If these free lessons help you, please donate to keep new ones coming daily. Thanks!! πŸ™‚

Donate to GuitarLessons365
Other Amount:

Legato Exercises For Guitar


  1. Peter on March 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Carl,

    Your lessons are very helpful and thank you for uploading them for us.I want to ask you : what is the difference between legatos and pull-offs and hammer-ons?

    Peter πŸ˜€

    • Carl Brown on March 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      For most guitarists they mean the same thing. In reality legato just means connected or very smooth playing. Hammer-ons and pull-offs are just the technique that guitarists usually use in order to get that legato sound. πŸ˜€

      Cheers!! Carl..

  2. John Pearce on May 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Car, these videos are amazing. I wish I had a great guitar teacher to show me all these things that I wasn’t never aware of since I’m from a small town. I thought I was good at guitar, but now I think I’ll finally become an excellent one. I will be sure to make a donation and subscribe! Thanks again!

  3. Donald on March 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I agree, very amazing! and to think I was going to buy a guitar teacher. Ill donate 100 or so for you soon.

  4. Leith on July 5, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Thanks for another great lesson, Carl. I actually have a quick question, when you were a teenager how often did you practice? I love playing guitar and am dedicated to my instrument, but lately i am having trouble balancing practice time and the rest of my life. Any input would be helpful. Your videos are always great, would love to donate when i have the funds.

    • Carl Brown on July 5, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Well I practiced a ton. I didn’t really have much of a life other than guitar through my teens and into my early twenties. After I graduated high school I ramped up my practice to over 10 hours a day on average.

      That is not the case anymore but I would love to have that amount of time to sit and play again. But I have to feed myself first so that has been kinda getting in the way the past decade. πŸ™‚

      Just remember, you get back whatever you put into it. A good practice routine for an hour a day is much better than some rambling practice session that lasts 8 hours.


  5. Drew Collins on January 12, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Hi thanks again Carl studying your guitar lessons 5 days a week me and my wife have been singing and I have been playing rhythm guitar since I was a kid but just started my lead guitar journey with you one of the best teachers I have ever taken lessons from! πŸ™‚ would you do some major study on alex lifeson plus trying to use all of there guitar playing styles to help me with development of writing my own song and musical composition so I can throw some of there solo phrases, licks, or riffs in my own composition but of course most of all come up with my own ideas. Would you do these lesson formats people need to learn how to do their own stuff. By the way all ready learned the main solo phrase from some David Gilmore music compositions. Com numb. Just send another email to me and let me know what you think will get back with you as soon as possible!
    Best wishes for 2015 Drew and Patty Collins.

    • Carl Brown on January 13, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Hey Drew, at the moment I do have lessons on improvisation, but I plan on a HUGE rock improvisation section in the Premium section of the site in the coming weeks.

      It will cover many different player’s styles. I would also like to do a music composition course, but at the moment I am still working out how to teach that kind of thing since it can be quite a vague subject.


  6. Drew Collins on January 18, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Hi Carl, don’t know if you have received my email as of yet But I would like to request if you would teach how to play a rush instrumental classic la villa stragtenigo and also working man spelling I know is not correct but I am sure you know what I mean. We are Christians and are using musical composition for God so would really appreciate your help support and teaching talent! Waiting to hear from you soon! Drew, Patty Collins The Soul Winner’s!

  7. Sithu Kyaw on September 2, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Hello Carl

    I would like to subscribe to premium, but do you have any other way to accept the subscription fee beside through Paypal.


    • Carl Brown on September 2, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Hey Sithu, thanks a lot for your interest in my Premium lessons.

      To answer your question, we no longer use Paypal as our payment processor. When you subscribe you will be using a different payment processor that is a lot more reliable. πŸ™‚


      • Sithu Kyaw on September 3, 2015 at 1:07 am

        Hello Carl

        Thank you for your prompt response

        Any other way to contact you beside comments under your lessons video. I mean, email address or something. BTW your lessons and song lessons are super cool l. I really appreciate your effort and happy to find out your Guitar365.com site. Also still waiting the Alice Cooper song, “POISON” solo to be uploaded soon πŸ™‚


        • Carl Brown on September 3, 2015 at 11:44 am

          Hey Sithu, feel free to contact me if you need to via the contact form on the site. πŸ™‚

  8. Sharath Chandra K S on April 22, 2016 at 2:08 am

    at a point of time i was ready to give up my guitar . but ur lessons made me pick that thing up and get through it. Yes great teachers takes a hand opens a mind and touches the heart. i dont have money to afford for lesson s. thankyou so much for helping us poor. i will surely donate to this site after i earn .

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.